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The issue of the incident in Jaffarabad district in Balochistan, where five women were reportedly buried alive, has finally created a national furore.…But an obvious attempt seems to be on to bury the truth, alongside the hapless women who met so terrible an end. The interior adviser himself shied away from making any reference to a live burial, focusing instead on 'honour' killings that he emphasized also took place outside Balochistan, says an editorial in The News, Islamabad.

 

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a remote area of Balochistan province, that five women were buried alive, allegedly by the younger brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, the provincial minister and a prominent leader of the Pakistan People's Party, the ruling party. However, police have still not arrested the perpetrators after one month of the incident.

 

SYDNEY: Australia’s defence minister yesterday rejected criticism of the country’s special forces in Afghanistan after they were accused of detaining suspected Taleban militants in dog pens — a report that outraged the Muslim community.

 

The 1999 NATO-led bombing against Serbia was a humanitarian intervention, not a U.S. and European power grab, writes Paul Hockenos.

 

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. 

Washington - The House on Tuesday issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

 

One of the most egregious travesties of justice and international law finally came to and end last week as fugitive Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic was finally arrested in Belgrade. He is expected to shortly be sent to the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. Finally. But we must wonder why it had taken 11 long years to apprehend this notorious Balkan fascist, writes Eric Margolis.

 

The Hindus of the city are struggling to take complete control of the located historical Manora Island temple dedicated to Hindu god Varun Rai. They want to acquire rights to 11,000 square feet that the temple is built on, instead of the 2,500 square feet that the Pakistan government recently handed over, writes Amar Guriro from Karachi.

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has filed a lawsuit in the National Court of Spain, seeking arrest warrants for high-ranking Israeli security officials for alleged war crimes, an independent Palestinian news agency reported on Tuesday. The PCHR filed the suit on behalf of six Palestinians who survived a 2002 bombing of a building in the Daraj neighbourhood of Gaza City in which 15 civilians were killed.

 

Indonesia's president has acknowledged that his country carried out gross human rights abuses during East Timor's 1999 break for independence, but stopped short of offering a full apology and said no one would be prosecuted. A bilateral truth commission, set up in 2005 to investigate the bloodshed, said Indonesian soldiers, police and civil authorities engaged in an "organized campaign of violence" against independence supporters that included murder, torture and other abuses. The atrocities could be constituted as "gross human rights violations in the form of crimes against humanity," the team wrote in a 300-page report presented yesterday to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his East Timorese counterpart, Jose Ramos-Horta. Indonesia "bears institutional responsibility," the commission said, and should apologize. "We convey our deep regret over what happened," Yudhoyono said after signing a joint statement accepting the team's findings and expressing "remorse."

 

Courts in Jeddah should dismiss cases against a Saudi web critic and a Turkish barber charged with “insulting” Islam, an unequivocal violation of freedom of expression protected under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.  Criminalizing speech on grounds that it is insulting might appease some people, but it violates the fundamental human right of free speech. The Saudi government uses these laws primarily to silence its critics. The Saudi man used his website to criticize the religious police while the Turkish barber is accused of cursing the name of God.  On May 5, the prosecution service in Jeddah charged Ra’if Badawi with “setting up an electronic site that insults Islam,” and referred the case to court, asking for a five-year prison sentence and a 3 million riyal (US$800,000) fine.

 

Exiled Hindraf leader P Waytha Moorthy slammed the former premier's racist attack as "typical of former Prime Minister Mahathir trying to erase all his wrongdoings during his 22-year dictator-like rule as the country's fourth prime minister." All Malaysians, he said, know that Mahathir was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the impartiality of the legislative, judiciary and executive powers through widespread abuse or power, corruption, nepotism and cronyism as well as destroying racial harmony in multi racial Malaysia. Ahti Veeranggan reports.

 
Ahmadiya issue: Liberty abridged
The Pioneer Edit Desk

The cancellation of a conference of the Ahmadiya community by the Andhra Pradesh Government last Sunday is a gross infringement of the secular principles on which the country is founded, writes The Pioneer, New Delhi, in an editorial comment.

 

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is shocked to learn that three more women have been buried alive in Balochistan province, a few days after they protested against the live burial of five women taking place in the same province. One prime perpetrator of the murder has not been seen since he was taken into police custody. It is reported that he and seven other men involved are under the protection of the provincial minister Mr. Sadiq Umrani--the brother of the main suspect.

 
Iran deports 490,000 Afghans
Daily Mail News, Pakistan

About 490,000 Afghans have been deported from Iran over the past 18 months, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and afghan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees (MoRR) told IRIN. “One hundred and forty thousand undocumented Afghans have been deported so far in 2008, and some 350,000 were deported in 2007,” said Salvatore Lombardo, the UNHCR representative in Afghanistan, adding that most of the deportees were “single males” who had gone to Iran in search of work. Abdul Qadir Zazai, chief adviser to the MoRR in Kabul, told IRIN Tehran was continuing to deport Afghans who are not refugees.

 

The barbaric murder of Jagdeesh Kumar, accused of blasphemy by some of his workmates at a garment factory in Karachi, brings out in sharp focus once again the exposed and vulnerable situation of non-Muslims in a Pakistan still wedded to the legacy of General Zia-ul-Haq, says Pakistani scholar Ishtiaq Ahmed

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